City, volunteers aim to get homeless people off the streets during HOPE Count
The city is relying on good-hearted New Yorkers for its annual homeless count today.
The goal is to help a vulnerable population in the middle of the winter.
Droves of volunteers are expected to flood the five boroughs to find people who are living out in the cold because they don't have a home. The end goal is to get the homeless into shelters.
The city says volunteers will be canvassing the streets, as well as parks and subway stations, to conduct the HOPE Count. HOPE stands for “Homeless Outreach Population Estimate.”
The city says during the past two years it has helped more than 2,000 homeless people come off the streets and into permanent or transitional housing through its outreach.
Hope is required by HUD, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and is considered one of the most comprehensive efforts nationwide, effectively providing services and resources to people who are experiencing homelessness.
Almost two years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to turn the tide on homelessness by replacing cluster sites and hotel facilities with 90 traditional shelters across the city.
Volunteers are needed tonight from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.